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    Fidel is out of this league

    Randy Perdomo García

    2015-02-11, Issue 713


    c c TG
    The president of the main Cuban student union describes his unique meeting with the leader of the Cuban Revolution and former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The 88-year-old revolutionary has become scarce in public after resigning from office citing health concerns, but as this young student narrates, Fidel is still very vital and aware.

    Bad influence: The dangers of U.S. foreign policy in Rwanda

    A response to Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles

    2015-02-11, Issue 713


    c c US
    America’s new ambassador to Kigali has hit the ground running, with a recent letter to the Rwandan people in which she reiterates the pro-Kagame policies of the U.S. Government. It is amazing that the US chooses to look the other way in the face of many reports, including its own, detailing rampant atrocities committed by the Kagame regime.

    Power to the people: Participatory democracy in El Salvador

    An interview with Congresswoman Estela Hernandez

    Beverly Bell

    2015-02-11, Issue 713


    c c OWAP
    Estela Hernandez is both a member of the national assembly and a leader in the transformational social movement, La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in rural El Salvador. Here she talks about a radical vision and practice of direct, participatory democracy by the citizens in the government of the FMLN.

    The Movement for Democratic Change reform agenda since August 2013: Challenges and opportunities

    Ntshembo Mathye

    2015-02-12, Issue 713


    c c TG
    A lot of work needs to be done in the current climate of infighting and breakaways at MDC. Last year’s crushing defeat at the elections was a clear indication that a divided and weak opposition will never remove President Mugabe and ZANU-PF from power.

    Lorraine Hansberry: Pioneering playwright and political activist

    African American writer’s work mirrors the struggles of the 1960s

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-02-12, Issue 713


    c c VW
    Lorraine’s work has made a significant contribution to the artistic and political expression of the African American people in their struggle against national oppression and economic exploitation. Her writings and social activism will inevitably be studied by generations to come.

    A call for truth and justice in the African Great Lakes Region

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c ABC
    Over 65 experts and activists from different countries have written to the BBC in support of the documentary “Rwanda's untold story”, aired last October, which they say has significantly contributed to establishing previously ignored historical truth in the African Great Lakes Region. They want the UN to set up a mechanism to prosecute all persons responsible for horrendous crimes committed in the region since 1990.

    Rwanda 1994 and the ICTR: A reply to Alex Obote-Odora

    Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c MSF
    In this latest installment of the ongoing exchange between Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, on the one hand, and Alex Obote-Odora, on the other, the authors of ‘Enduring Lies’ conclude that there is no point in arguing with the former senior official of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. His attempt to legitimise the assassination of Rwandan President Habyarimana, which sparked the genocide, is just part of efforts to cover up the Rwandan Patriotic Front’s culture of impunity, argue the authors.

    Can Nyusi bring FRELIMO its much needed honey?

    Fredson Guilengue

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c FoM
    Popular support of Mozambique’s liberation party FRELIMO has declined over its 40-year rule. The newly eleceted President Nyusi has a huge task before him of addresssing malpractices of fraud and self-enrichment within the party, growing security concerns and mass poverty in the country.

    AU Chair Mugabe is at the peak of his powers

    Simon Allison

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c CRW
    It is remarkable that an organization like the African Union, supposedly committed to values such as democracy, economic development and human rights – not to mention gender equality – can choose someone like Mugabe as its figurehead, given Mugabe’s patchy record in these areas. He is a symbol of the AU's hypocrisy.

    Eugene de Kock and the violence of 'nation building and reconciliation'

    Siphokazi Magadla

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c TG
    “Prime Evil” de Kock, the apartheid assassin who was convicted on 89 charges and sentenced to 212 years in prison, is to be released. While he has a right to seek parole, the claim by Minister Masutha that de Kock’s release serves “nation building and reconciliation” is objectionable. It is the kind of rhetoric that silences rather than builds the nation.

    Nigerian war against Boko Haram sabotaged by US imperialism

    Washington anti-terrorism rhetoric falls flat in Africa’s most populous state

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-02-05, Issue 712

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    c c NND
    [/url]There is little to show for America’s pledged help in Nigeria’s war on Boko Haram. In this piece Abayomi Azikiwe examines how the West still wields economic and political influence over Nigerian policy and discusses some recent cases of South-South cooperation that could help Nigeria and other African states.

    Mambilima as Chief Justice of Zambia

    Justice must not only be done; it must also be seen to be done

    Munyonzwe Hamalengwa and Charles Mwewa

    2015-02-04, Issue 712


    c c NND
    The context and timing of the Lady Justice’s appointment to the highest judicial position in the land raises important questions about perceptions in a country where corruption is widespread. President Edgar Lungu named Justice Mambilima to the post just two weeks after she declared him winner of the tightly contested presidential poll whose results are still controversial.

    For South Africa’s electricity supply, a muddle through, a meltdown or a miracle?

    Likely, worst-case and best-case scenarios for a power-cut country

    Patrick Bond

    2015-02-04, Issue 712


    c c NND
    South Africa is losing its power, literally: it’s a process called “load shedding” that will last for the foreseeable future. The state energy utility Eskom is careening out of control, begging for an emergency $4.5 billion bailout within the $120 billion national budget later this month.

    About this February Black thing

    Tiki Mercury-Clarke

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


    c c ABS
    As a response to the need for reinstating the stamped-out history of Black heritage and achievement, observing and celebrating February as Black History Month is a necessary act of liberation.

    Blood on the streets: Understanding the popular uprising in Congo

    Patrick Litanga

    2015-01-29, Issue 711


    cc GLV
    Apparently inspired by last year’s massive protests in Burkina Faso that ended the regime of President Blaise Compaore who wanted to extend his rule, Congolese citizens last week poured out into the streets to oppose perceived attempts by President Kabila to hold onto power. The people won. But will Kabila still pursue his ambition?

    Will the Greek elections strengthen the hands of the Global South?

    Alexander O'Riordan

    2015-01-27, Issue 711


    c cWiki
    The endorsement of a leftist party is a vote against global lenders imposing governance prescriptions on countries in crisis. If Greece successfully pushes back against its lenders, it will open the door to countries of the Global South to restructure their relationships with lenders such as the World Bank and IMF.

    SYRIZA's 40-point program

    2015-01-27, Issue 711


    cc DT
    Here is the official program of the Greek coalition of the radical left, SYRIZA, which won the elections this week.

    Why are we afraid of naming and confronting capitalism?

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-01-14, Issue 711


    c c TG
    Many critics of capitalism suggest that capitalism is not the main problem in the world. They do not want to appear, in the eyes of the people and the ruling elite, as too radical or ‘ideological’. But the forces for social change must embrace revolutionary engagement with robust ideological clarity: Capitalism is the problem.

    World Bank-ruptcy

    The moral bankruptcy of the World Bank in Ethiopia

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-01-28, Issue 711


    c c Wiki
    The World Bank proclaims its mission is to strive to end extreme poverty at the global level and promote shared prosperity. But a leaked report reveals a conspiracy of silence to cover up crimes against humanity committed against the Anuak people in Ethiopia with the complicity of the World Bank itself.

    Pope Francis’ soft power amidst the crisis of the international order

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-01-28, Issue 711


    c c Bio
    Pope Francis has used his soft power to speak progressively against an international system that creates and maintains economic inequality and poverty. This year the pope is expected to travel to Africa - a much needed visit for Africans of all faiths as it will once again remind the world of persistent injustices as well as the vast potential of the continent.

    Zambia’s election: Now President Lungu must address the serious issues

    Charles Mwewa

    2015-01-28, Issue 711


    c c MG
    The campaigns lacked any clarity about how the candidates would tackle the huge socio-economic problems bedeviling the Southern African nation. But now that there is a new president in office for the next 18 months, he must strive to heal the deep ethnic cleavages and craft and implement a programme that will improve the quality of life of the majority of Zambians.

    Ivory Coast: The impossible reconciliation

    Eric Edi

    2015-01-26, Issue 711


    c c MWN
    The next elections are in October 2015 and Allasane Outtara is already preparing to seek a second term. But the country is deeply divided by the violent crisis that brought him to power and ongoing repression of opponents. Ouattara has only achieved a shaky stability. The country needs complete disarmament of rebel soldiers, equitable justice and a true political dialogue.

    The beautiful people

    Douglas Schorr

    2015-01-29, Issue 711


    cc Pz
    Colonialism and capitalism have produced a profiundly unjust food regime, imposing on Southern Africans a diet that generates widespread malnutrition and obesity. The solution to this problem lies in a concerted government-led efforts to implement local solutions that prioritise people over profits.

    The Rwandan genocide: A reply to Herman and Peterson

    Odora-Obote Alex

    2015-01-28, Issue 711


    c c TP
    It is unfortunate that the professor of finance and the journalist have elected to promote a political posture and criticism in the guise of an ostensible legal analysis. In the end, their analysis contributes very little or nothing at all to the scholarship of international law, while at the same time generating unwarranted, misinformed controversy.

    Equatorial Guinea: Nasty reality behind AFCON soccer invitation

    Terry Bell

    2015-01-20, Issue 710


    cc TG
    The brutal kleptocracy of Equatorial Guinea hopes to gain a measure of international acceptance by hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) soccer spectacle that kicked off last weekend. The oil and gas wealth generated by this “Kuwait of Africa” provides the economic wherewithal for the ruling elite to buy favours while the bulk of the population wallows in repressive poverty.

    LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen: A useful asset to ICC Prosecutor

    Odora-Obote Alex

    2015-01-19, Issue 710


    cc MNT
    The captured rebel commander should be encouraged to be an insider witness and provide information about the atrocities committed by his group and the Ugandan military in the 20-year war in the north. His evidence may confirm the suspicion that President Museveni deliberately permitted the war to drag on in order to punish northerners and under-develop the opposition stronghold.

    FDLR disarmament delays: Another untold story

    Rene C Mugenzi

    2015-01-20, Issue 710


    cc PT
    The deadline for disarmament of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has passed without the Congo-based rebel group surrendering. The FDLR’s future is uncertain, but there are a number of reasons why these anti-Kagame rebels are reluctant to disarm.

    Manipulation in Paris: Racism, Islamophobia and the capitalist crisis in Europe

    Horace G. Campbell

    2015-01-21, Issue 710


    cc NYM
    Whether with the jihadists in Libya, working on both sides of the dirty war in Algeria, manipulating the Tuareg in Mali, or working with the Saudis, the French intelligence and security have worked closely with branches of US intelligence and military to keep the flames of war and insecurity burning. The recent mobilization over the Charlie Hebdo attack was meant to divert working people’s attention from this complicity that is linked to the capitalist crisis.

    Mozambique: A dictatorship of no alternatives, or an alternative to the dictators?

    Boaventura Monjane

    2015-01-20, Issue 710


    cc FoW
    The 2014 elections were a disappointment for those who had hoped for change. Despite strong opposition from Renamo and the newer Mozambique Democratic Movement, Frelimo maintained the grip on power it has had since independence, despite accusations of serious irregularities. Real alternatives, however, are more likely to come out of Mozambique’s social movements.

    Obote-Odora’s dishonest response to us on the ICTR and BBC

    Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    2015-01-20, Issue 710


    cc Wiki
    The former Chief of Appeals and Legal Advisory Division at the ICTR has challenged the article, ‘The Kagame-Power Lobby’s dishonest attack on BBC documentary on Rwanda’, on the questions of victor’s justice and RPF impunity, and offers an across-the-board defense of his former employer. That defense consists of a stream of misrepresentations and wild accusations without merit.

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